World Bulletin / News Desk
An online video purportedly from ISIL's Egypt affiliate showed a Croatian hostage working for a French company who said the group would kill him in 48 hours if Muslim women in Egyptian jails were not freed.
Ardiseis Egypt, a unit of French firm CGG, which specializes in oil and gas geology, said on Wednesday one of its staff had been kidnapped on July 22 while traveling to Cairo.
"Ardiseis Egypt acknowledges that he is the hostage appearing on the video released today by the Sinai Province of ISIL," the company said in a statement.
In the video, titled "A message to the Egyptian government" and posted on online forums, a man is seen kneeling and wearing a short-sleeved orange jumpsuit, like those worn by previous Western prisoners in ISIL videos who were later killed.
He identified himself as Tomislav Salopek, 30, from Croatia. Zagreb said it was doing all it could to resolve the situation.
"Croatia's Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic will, following consultations with her Egyptian counterpart, travel to Cairo," a foreign ministry spokeswoman said. No other details were given.
French President Francois Hollande flies to Cairo on Thursday for the inauguration of the New Suez Canal, a centerpiece of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's plans to revitalize Egypt's economy. The Sinai Peninsula, flanking the canal, is the center of Islamist insurgency that began after the army toppled Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 amid mass protests against his rule.
Security forces have since cracked down on his supporters and other groups, killing hundreds in street protests and arresting thousands. Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed in militant attacks, largely in the Sinai Peninsula.Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2015, 10:41